Hi i recently ran some test using a greyscale 3D robot4js.aep download from a After Effects CS6 CUDA/RAYTRACE Benchmark Chart | loopOut("continue") collecting data on folks render times given their set up. I noticed my setup resulted in times of 1 hours where on average the time was about 30 mins.
My setup is A10-6850K 4.5Ghz, 20GB RAM (1600Mhz), 120GB SDD (used for Adobe) and GT730 (384 Cuda) 2GB DRR5. I know that neither the cpu nor the graphic card is less than i deal, but its my next purchase and workflow i want your opinions on. See i intend to network render on a 4 node server, each node has dual quad firstname.lastname@example.orgGhz with 8GB of ram over gigabyte network, rendering the same robot4js.aep and using my desktop too, only took 8 mins. So i have the rendering side sorted from that example, i haven't tried a project with video and effects yet as this is the very subject i need advise on.
My intention is to shoot on a semi decent DLSR Lumix G5 (AVHD or MP4) 25FPS 1080 and then capture using a BMD instensity pro to get uncompressed footage of a type, to reduce the burden on the CPU. So storage being the next area to resolve i have purchased a Raid Controller (128mb cache) and considering stripping Some 15k drives i have with RAID 0, to get some performance hit, but also have 120GB SDD, 750GB (7200rpm), so not sure what Raid method. So will probably need to purchase storage to balance out configuration of the array to max performance and storage! So now i thinking can add to my GPU and another GT730 in the hope Mercury Playback Engine sees the total cores / video ram or will the BMD instensity pro pickup the load of playing the video streams in preview, leaving effects for GPU/ CPU?
Lots of mis-information and ambiguity about BMD integrating into Mercury or is their own codec or do they use their own plugin, but worse scenario with dealing with uncompressed video format and some effects, with maybe some 3D objects (text / graphics) that utilise lighting and possibly some green screen. All the output is going onto youtube at 1080. So mainly i need to be able preview video scrubbing through clips, edit and warp stabilise when required, then apply some effects and 3D and to draft preview of section as i go along, keeping background cache and pre rendering comps if required. So i can freely arrange things at some resolution smoothly.
If BMD card is not helping in playback and an extra GT730 wont get recognised, do i consider Geforce 760 or Quadro k2200 as the next purchase, this would blow my budget. To be honest their is a lot of speculation about Quadro range below K5200, that speed comparisons suggest unless your software employs all of the additional technology that comes with, if not better with pure cuda, speed boost from a Geforce.
Do i consider a new rig and cpu ( intel so expensive) and not sure if the A10-7800 is marginally better on the cpu side. I have to remember that my intention is to render over the network, thats if my GPU setup has not surpassed my old 32 core server. I could always render off comps to uncompressed clips on the server whilst working on the next section, importing that and run a collect before rendering the next section?
Raid controllers and Raid 0 array, does this reduce the load on the cpu when using uncompressed video. Will SAS drives and SDD be sufficient for playback.
BMD instensity Pro, will this have impact on the playback of video (uncompressed or not) in preview or comp windows or just on the HDMI output (requires buying a monitor) or both.
GPU, will Adobe CC recognize two GT 730, if not SLI together (not sure if nvidia control panel will, with installing special driver). If not, is there any real benefit given my requirements reaching for K2200 or will GTX 750i.
CPU, will Intel i7 and new rig and GT 730 improve on my current situ more than GPU upgrade.
its a bit long, sorry, but any suggestion will help